Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez will not return from injury until February after suffering a setback in his recovery.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was forced to deny claims he was set to leave the Bundesliga club.
Athletic Bilbao and Elche edged to 1-0 victories to progress in the Copa del Rey, while Atletico Madrid set up a cup derby with Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone refused to criticise his team following the 2-2 draw at home to third-tier side L'Hospitalet on Thursday.
Juventus and Napoli completed routine wins over Serie A strugglers on Thursday ahead of their Supercoppa Italiana clash.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri conceded he was surprised by Cagliari's tactics in his team's 3-1 Serie A win in Sardinia.
Javier Hernandez will not be terminating his loan at Real Madrid in January, the Manchester United striker's agent has revealed.
Atletico Madrid secured a Copa del Rey fifth-round spot, despite slumping to a shock 2-2 draw at home to minnows L'Hospitalet on Thursday.
Juventus cruised to a 3-1 win at Cagliari on Thursday to secure their place at the top of Serie A heading into the mid-season break.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has warned Merseyside counterpart Simon Mignolet that he may face an uncertain Liverpool future.
Manchester United will be looking to stretch their Premier League winning run to seven against a depleted Aston Villa on Saturday.
Alan Irvine feels the hard work is starting to pay off ahead of West Brom's trip to QPR in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been handed a one-match suspension over a controversial post on social media.
Sam Allardyce is wary of West Ham succumbing to fatigue as they start a busy festive period with the visit of Leicester City on Saturday.
Garry Monk insists Swansea City are not a one-man team ahead of their visit to Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Hull City have confirmed that Michael Dawson could miss up to five weeks with a grade two hamstring tear.
Ajax coach Frank de Boer has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a move away from the Amsterdam Arena.
Mark Hughes is keen for Peter Crouch to remain at Stoke City amid rumours of a possible swoop from QPR in January.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has reiterated that there is no animosity between himself and former assistant Roy Keane.
Filippo Inzaghi is confident his Milan side can achieve "great things" when they return from the Serie A mid-season break.